Ten man Liverpool scored a stoppage-time goal to rescue a 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.
The home side had the first attempt on goal on four minutes. Reds captain Steven Gerrard curled an effort high and wide of goal, after Per Mertesacker had brought Philippe Coutinho down just outside the penalty box.
The home side had the next attempt on goal, as Adam Lallana fired just over Szczesny’s bar from inside the penalty area. It took a while for the next chance to come along on 21 minutes, as Olivier Giroud headed straight at Brad Jones from an Alexis Sanchez cross.
Liverpool then dominated possession for a short period, without creating any clear-cut chances. The Reds did have an effort on goal on 29 minutes, as Coutinho hit an effort straight at Szczesny from just outside the area.
The home side had a golden opportunity on 34 minutes. Winger Lazor Markovic dribbled past two Arsenal defenders, before Szczesny made himself big to prevent the Serbian opening the scoring. Four minutes later and the former-Benfica winger fired well over the bar inside the area from Raheem Sterling’s pass.
Liverpool took the lead just before half-time. Jordan Henderson found Philippe Coutinho just outside the area, the Brazilian cut inside the penalty area and fired in an effort home off the inside of the post. The Gunners equalised in first half stoppage-time.
Mathieu Flamini headed the ball back into the danger zone from a corner kick and somehow Mathieu Debuchy got above Martin Skrtel to head home the equaliser.
Coutinho had the first effort of the second half, firing well over the bar after Steven Gerrard’s wide free-kick had been cleared by Olivier Giroud. The Gunners went straight up the other end of the pitch, as Santi Cazorla fired wide of goal from just outside the area.
There was a long stoppage on 53 minutes as Martin Skrtel was treated for a head wound after Giroud had caught him in the head with his boot. Just before the hour mark Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva fired well over the bar after picking-up the ball just outside the Arsenal penalty box.
On 62 minutes Liverpool had the chance to take the lead. Sterling latched onto a through-ball, took the ball round the out-rushing Szczesny and from a tight angle found Gerrard who headed over the bar from inside the penalty area.
The Gunners came back at Liverpool, Alexis Sanchez’s cross finding Giroud in the penalty area and the French striker headed wide of goal. Arsenal took the lead on 65 minutes. Giroud played in Cazorla down the wing and the Spaniard crossed the ball back to Giroud, who fired the ball hard and low through Jones’ legs.
Coutinho saw a deflected effort comfortably dealt with by Szczesny at the other end of the pitch. On 69 minutes Gerrard saw an effort from just outside the box again dealt with comfortably by Szczesny.
Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva fired agonisingly wide from inside the penalty area on 75 minutes. On 84 minutes Coutinho fired into the side-netting from a tight angle after Lallana had found the Brazilian in the penalty area.
The home side came close to equalising on 86 minutes. Sterling ran at the Arsenal defence and found substitute Fabio Borini, who’s header was superbly tipped over the bar by Szczesny. Skrtel headed over the bar soon afterwards.
Borini had another effort on goal on 88 minutes. This time firing low towards goal and seeing Szczesny put the ball wide of goal.
In the first minute of stoppage-time time Sterling drilled a low effort towards goal that Szczesny parried wide of goal. The winger also fired an effort well over the bar from outside the area. The Reds were then reduced to ten-men, as Borini was handed a second yellow card for a high tackle on Cazorla.
Liverpool equalised in the sixth minute of stoppage-time. Lallana’s corner kick was headed powerfully past Szczesny in the Arsenal goal by Martin Skrtel. Jones denied Cazorla with a superb save and the follow-up by Monreal was cleared by the Liverpool defence.
In the end the result was probably a fair result, even if the late goal was a bad blow for the visitors. The Gunners move back above Tottenham into sixth place with the draw.
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